Employment and Entrepreneurship

With the growth of the Pacific population helping to shape New Zealand’s future, the Ministry has identified Employment and Entrepreneurship as one its key priorities for Pacific communities.  Creating Pacific employment opportunities and developing innovative business growth has and will remain a focus for the Ministry.

The Ministry led the Pacific Employment Support Service programme which saw providers working alongside Pacific youth who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to place them into sustainable employment or further training.

In addition to this the Ministry linked up with Work and Income and other partnering government agencies to deliver the New Zealand Seasonal Workers Scheme, providing opportunities in the viticulture sector with Hawkes Bay growers.

These initiatives and opportunities allow Pacific communities to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy.